The Last Mistress  

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The Last Mistress (original title Une vieille maîtresse, literally “An old mistress”) is a 2007 French-Italian movie based on a controversial novel by the French writer Jules Amédée Barbey d'Aurevilly.

It stars Asia Argento and Fu'ad Ait Aattou as two main characters. The movie was directed by a famous French filmmaker Catherine Breillat

Plot

Ryno de Marigny (Fu'ad Ait Aattou), before getting married to the young and innocent Hermangarde (Roxanne Mesquida), makes a last visit to La Vellini (Asia Argento), his Spanish mistress, to bid goodbye in an act of lovemaking. His liaison with La Vellini is the subject of the Parisian gossip, and before Hermangarde's grandmother gives her blessing, she wants to hear from Ryno everything about this relationship. Ryno reveals a temptestuous story but indicates that his ten year romance is over; he now is in love with Hermangarde. After the marriage, the newlyweds move away to a castle at the seashore. They are happy and soon Hermangarde conceives. But the "last/old mistress" reappears, and while Ryno tries to keep her out of his life, she is not to be rejected, and Hermangarde finds out about it.



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